What Zoom And Photography Have In Common by @BarbaraDelinsky #Zoom #video #COVID19

Have you ever looked at a family photo, really looked at it, and wondered why various members pose the way they do – where they stand vis à vis the group, whether their arms are around others’ shoulders or around themselves, whether their heads are inclined toward their kin or away? How we choose to…

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What To Do With The X In The Corner by @barbaradelinsky #corner #writing #research

Do you search the web for bits of information? I’m constantly doing it for work. Take today. One of my characters had too much to drink last night and woke up with a hangover. What to do? I’ve never been hungover myself. I’ve been tipsy, and know what that’s like, like I’m not in full…

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Mask Fun by @barbaradelinsky #mask #masks #fun #COVID19 #COVID

Please. No bickering about the title of this blog. We all know that COVID-19 is nothing to laugh about, not with so much illness and death. But during the years I fought Breast Cancer, I learned the importance of positive thinking. I’d make the lemons-to-lemonade argument if it weren’t so clichéd. So how’s this: When…

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Discovery in the Time of COVID-19 #discovery #time #COVID19 by @barbaradelinsky

We live in an interesting time, such a different life now from before. But not all of the changes have been bad. Granted, my family is well, so I’ve been spared the worst. Likewise, employment. I write every morning, same as always. Not everyone is as lucky. My heart aches for those whose losses have…

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What Happens When a Novel Gets People Talking? by @barbaradelinsky #talking #books #controversy

It used to be that a good writer could write about anything, that a novelist could interpret reality in the way she chose, that a publisher could publish any book that was intelligent, relevant, and well-grounded. But have the rules changed? In this day and age of PC to the extreme, can only a rape…

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How To Pick A Setting For Your Book by @barbaradelinsky #book #place #setting

Here I am again, having just finished writing one opus and now contemplating the next. Where to place it? Where would you set your book, if you were to write one? I’ve been writing about New England pretty much since the start of my career. There were a few exceptions years ago when I set…

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This is Why I Have Four Reasons For Hope by @barbaradelinsky #hope

No, this is not a political blog. I’m not touting one candidate over another. The election of 2018 is over. Some races went the way I wanted, others did not. For me, though, four things stand out. Four BIG reasons for hope:  Women can do it. Record numbers of women ran – and WON –…

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Some things are ingrained from childhood. One of those, for me, is the start of the school year. New clothes, new books, new classes, new rules – I may have outgrown the first three, but the part about rules never leaves. So I start off the 2018-2019 learning year with FIVE Rules of Writing. If…

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